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Air quality advisory for Southern, Central, Northeastern Oregon

QUICK FACTS Location: Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley, Central Oregon, Northeastern Oregon, Central Columbia River Gorge End date: Friday, Aug. 6 morning Smoke sources : Fires in Oregon and Northern California The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory Wednesday for Southern, Central and Northeastern Oregon due to smoke from fires in Oregon and Northern California. ** Información en español ** Areas under advisory: Southern Oregon : Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake and Douglas counties Southern Willamette Valley : Lane and Linn counties Central Oregon : Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties Northeastern Oregon : Wallowa, Baker and Union counties Central Columbia River Gorge : Umatilla, Morrow, Sherman, Gilliam and Wasco counties DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until Friday morning. Northeastern Oregon and the Central Columbia River Gorge area may see improvements today, with fluctuating smoke through Thur

Oregon OSHA adopts emergency rules protecting workers against wildfire smoke

Oregon OSHA Press Release Media contact: Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer, 971-718-6973, Salem, OR — Moving to increase protections for workers against the effects of climate change, Oregon OSHA is adopting two new and distinct emergency rules. One puts protections in place against the hazards of wildfire smoke. Another establishes safeguards against high heat in employer-provided housing. The wildfire smoke rule encompasses a variety of exposure controls, training and information, and other measures. The heat rule applies to occupants of housing provided by employers. It requires access to cooling areas and other steps to minimize dangerous heat in housing units. Both rules take effect Aug. 9 and remain in effect for 180 days. The rules reflect those provisions Oregon OSHA believes can be put in place immediately and are based largely on input from labor and employer stakeholders. “These rules underscore our ongoing work to bolster Oregon’s ability to

Smoke in Southern, Central Oregon and Mt. Hood

Southern Oregon, Central Oregon and the state’s entire Cascade Range up to Mt. Hood may experience degrading air quality today and tomorrow due to smoke from new fires in the Cascades. Air quality could become unhealthy for sensitive groups in these areas—the orange category on the Air Quality Index. An air quality advisory remains in effect for Northeastern Oregon, the Central Columbia River Gorge and Lane County. Oregon’s wildfire smoke team will continue to monitor smoke in the state and provide updates. Air quality conditions can change rapidly. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Blog, DEQ’s Air Quality Index or by downloading the free OregonAir app for your smartphone. Follow these tips to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke. Smoke model forecast through Aug. 4.